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#TBB10 with Tolulope Ogunmefun aka Don’t Jealous Me aka author of new children’s book The Frog and his dancing shoes

Tolulope Ogunmefun is known all over the world by his online social media name “Don’t Jealous Me”. Launching his YouTube channel in 2008 which boasts 41 million views, Ogunmefun has been entertaining fans, both young and old, with hilarious comedy sketches and vlogs. However, the YouTube popularity became challenging on a personal level as he was only recognised as Don’t Jealous Me. After attempts to get into acting and getting repeatedly turned down he decided to take time out. Focusing on his acting paid off lead to him getting a significant role in popular Sky One sitcom Sick Note and the upcoming...

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85% #OutOf100: Hold Tight through a fantastic joyride through UK Grime history

Disclaimer: I’m not a Grime fan, I mean there’s the odd track I like, but by and large I don’t really follow the scene. That said I still I can appreciate the roots from which Grime emerged because I was and am still a Jungle and UK Garage fan. I also like cultural history, so for me, this enthusiastic, energetic, humorous, ‘fanboying’ journey through a section of UK Black music history was like a fantastic joyride with an ‘Amen Break’ enthused soundtrack playing in the background. Reading through the track list, which is best read alongside listening to YouTube or...

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98% #OutOf100 What’s in a name? #Hashtag Lightie opens up conversations about race in the UK

After a successful run earlier this year, #Hashtag Lightie, the third play by writer/director Lynette Linton, is back for a second run for a short time at the Arcola Theatre. The play explores several issues that surround the mixed-race experience in the UK, in particular, the relationship with the word ‘lightie’ both within and outside the Black community. You may have heard it, used it, or even have been called it; the term ‘lightie’ is one that is loaded with several meanings. And attaching it to a hashtag brings with it a particular nuance that does not go unchecked...

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95% #OutOf100 Best of the Summer Reads ‘The Hate U Give’ By Angie Thomas

Starr is an ordinary 16 year old, irritated by her overprotective older brother and her cheeky younger brother. She has a boyfriend, Chris, that her dad doesn’t know about, and who like her has a deep and abiding love for the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She does all she can to fit into the spaces allocated to her, especially at school, where she is one of the few Black kids in attendance. Always presenting a ‘positive’ side of her Blackness at school (never showing anger or any other type of strong emotion), Starr tries hard not to fall...

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90% #OutOf100 – Babette’s Feast @ The Print Room, Notting Hill Gate

I love food, I love to eat and I loved Sheila Atim in Les Blancs so this production promised to be a feast of delights for me; and it was. I thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation by Glyn Maxwell and directed by Bill Buckhurst. I hadn’t seen this classic before, either on stage or in film but I will look for the award winning film now. Babette’s Feast written by Karen Blixen takes us on a journey with Babette as she arrives in a remote Norwegian fishing community where life is simple, austere and pious, as a refugee from Paris....

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Segge Dan Pens a Song For Real Life Djangoes Who Resisted, Rebelled & Revolted Against Slavery

While watching Django Unchained, I embarked on a journey to capture these glorious and often untold stories of heroes and freedom fighters in a song called, Django Untold.  This celebratory song highlights their tremendous legacy and significance as their actions played a major part for the movement of emancipation. The song is my gift to honour their lives and preserve their legacy. Remember when Django Unchained came out? All that furore surrounding Tarantino from the overuse of the n-word in the film to whether or not a spaghetti western was the right vehicle to talk about the horrors of slavery! I...

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